California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties Caltrans Info Edge

District 11

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

11th Annual Transportation Update

SAN DIEGO – State and local officials gathered today to discuss the region’s major transportation issues for 2010.

Representatives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the San Diego Association of Governments, the California Highway Patrol, the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit Districts were on hand to briefly discuss the roles they will play and the transportation projects on the drawing board for this year and beyond.

Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman said there is more than $1.2 billion worth of freeway construction continuing through the year, with major ongoing projects including the State Route 76 Middle Project, the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, the State Route 52 Sunny Side Gateway Project and State Route 905.  All are on schedule and within budget.

Berman credited the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, federal recovery funds) for helping provide funding and bringing jobs to the region.  These projects include SR-76, I-15, SR-905, the I-805 Southbound Auxiliary Lane Project and the upcoming I-805 HOV/Carroll Canyon Road Extension Project, scheduled to break ground this summer.

“In all, Caltrans will have more than $210 million in ARRA funds in construction this summer, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that there will be more stimulus dollars on the way for more vital projects,” she said.

Berman also briefly discussed environmental documents to be released this year, which will continue the process for a handful more projects to start construction within the next five years.  These projects may eventually account for $5.4 billion worth of construction and include the I-5 North Coast Corridor, I-5 at SR-56, I-5 at Genesee Avenue, I-805 North, I-805 South, SR-76 East and SR-11.

“The public will have the opportunity this year to view and comment on the preliminary design and alternatives for these projects,” she said.  “These are exciting times.  It will provide concerned residents with the opportunity to get information and give valuable input.”

Others participating in the event included SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos, CHP Chief Gary Dominguez, MTS Director of Marketing and Communications Rob Schupp and NCTD Chairman Bob Campbell.  This was the 11th straight year Caltrans had hosted the annual transportation update for the media.

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